One of the stated missions of the U.S.D.A is “to end hunger and improve health in the United States.” As Vegan Daily News reported last week here, the U.S.D.A. betrayed its mission to improve health, and acted in a cowardly fashion. The U.S.D.A. should be saying loud and clear to every citizen of the United States: If you want to improve your health, reduce your consumption of meat. None of this is controversial, and the newsletter’s publication appeared to ruffle no feathers at the U.S.D.A. until the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association took note of it. The U.S.D.A., sadly, is incapable of telling people (even its own employees) that eating less meat would be beneficial. Even though it is not a trade organization like the N.C.B.A, it is beholden to trade organizations and their political representatives. As long as trade associations can push around members of Congress and government agencies, the rest of us are in trouble. The events of last week may have been comical, but the conclusions, and consequences, are tragic.